Every year, usually after the holidays in February and sometimes later, the owner of a lifestyle block with a small flock of sheep will realise that it’s that time of the year again.
Bonding between a ewe and her lamb(s) takes only a few minutes. After this she will not take a lamb that smells differently.
If you get things wrong, you’ll end up with poor weaners that will be poor hoggets, and these in turn will make poor-performing ewes over their lifetime.
Sheep are seasonal breeders and ewes are stimulated to cycle by the declining daylight pattern in Autumn.
Before you get the rings out to castrate your lambs this Spring, decide if it’s a wise move to turn them into wethers.
Foot scald and footrot become much more common during prolonged spells of wet weather and they are not easy to deal with.
Natural coloured fleece is sought after by handspinners, but the quality has to be right.
If you have to put your hand into the vagina, and then through the cervix of the ewe into the uterus to sort out a lambing problem, try this to make it easier:
Saving lambs this spring is all about being well prepared, having the right gear and knowing when to offer or seek help.
Wool merchants are getting hot under the collar about people packing wool when it’s damp.
Maybe a good time for small farmers to start thinking about more sheep.
New Zealand is well advanced in slaughter practices in all meat works, where cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are electrically stunned before their throats are cut severing the carotid arteries.
Docking removes most of the lamb’s tail to prevent build up of dags on the wool around the sheep’s back end.
A ram has two jobs. He has to get ALL the ewes pregnant, and then improve the next generation of the flock via his offspring.